THE GUMBO GAZETTE Prepared by Larry B. Reinhold
NOTES , QUOTES AND ANECDOTES SELECTED BY LBR THAT WILL STICK IN YOUR MIND, SLIP INTO YOUR HEART, BUILD UP YOUR UNDERSTANDING, AND AT TIMES YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF SINKING EVER DEEPER INTO THE WIT AND WISDOM THAT IS SHARED.*
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Principles from Proverbs
For Proprietors, Pioneers, Pupils and People of all Persuasions
Compiled by Larry and Robin Reinhold and Family on March 15, 2009
Without Counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established. Proverbs 15:22
Honor the Lord with you possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine. Proverbs 3:9-10
Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure with trouble. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a fatted calf with hatred. Proverbs 15:16-17
He who deals with a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes one rich. He who gathers in summer is a wise son; but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame. Proverbs 10:4-5
As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17
A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight, Proverbs 11:1
He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction. Proverbs13: 3
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18
A good name is to be chosen rather than riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:1
Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad. Proverbs 12:25
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise. Proverbs 12:15
Do not overwork to be rich; because of your own understanding, cease. Proverbs 23:4
Do not devise evil against your neighbor, for he dwells by you for safety’s sake. Proverbs 3:29
Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid. Proverbs 12:1
The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is of the Lord. Proverbs 21:31
He who reproves a scoffer gets shame for himself and he who rebukes a wicked man gets himself a blemish. Proverbs 9:7
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh and strength to your bones. Proverbs 3:5-8
In all labor there is profit, but idle chatter leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23
A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter Proverbs 11:13
A righteous man regards the life of his animal, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. Proverbs 12:10
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight. Proverbs 12:22
The simple believes every word, but the prudent man considers well his steps, a wise man fears and departs from evil, but a fool rages is self-confident. Proverbs 14:15-16
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10
Let not mercy and truth forsake you...And so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:3-4
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life and he who wins souls is wise. Proverbs 11:30
Witness of the Shamrock
By Laura Collins
Lowly little shamrock
In Ireland, loved so well
The lowly little shamrock
Has a special tale to tell
people could not understand
The wondrous Trinity
A missionary to their land
Explained the mystery.
He plucked the little shamrock,
Three leaves upon one stem
As Father Son & Spirit are one,
He made it clear to them.
God, through His creation
In every land and clime
For us to come to know him
Has fashioned many signs
This Missionary’s gesture
Survived down through the years
And, the grateful Irish people
The shamrock now revere.
AS I PRAY - SO SHALL I
By Larry B. Reinhold
A Quiet Time From the Rainbow Growth Guide for 1999
“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:38
Even before Jesus faced the
hardest time of His earthly life, He was on his knees first. On His knees
In these times, we hear much about developing our personal selves. The military calls for us to “be all that we can be”. They say that we can attain that by joining their branch of the service and the training they offer will help us to attain that. But what about those situations that we face in life that our all falls way short? Who are we going to count on in that effort where we must stand? You know the hard times that I am talking about. Unfaithfulness of a friend. Unexpected death. Life threatening diseases. Hard times at school or on the job. Financial hardships. Being forced to move from your home or even your comfort zone. The loss of friendship. The heartache of broken families.
Jesus realized the pain and agony that He was about to face. And even though He is God’s Son - He prayed. This was no bedtime poem that He recited. He laid it all on the line. He shared his deepest thoughts. He poured out His fears. And He listened! That’s right - He listened. Prayer is a thoughtful communication with God. Praising Him. Thanking Him. Asking Him. Crying out to Him. Seeking His will. Reaching for solutions. And listening to Him. You have a great opportunity to start standing for Jesus by praying to your Heavenly Father.
Close your eyes in reverence, not in sleep or fear.
Bow your knee in respect, not in failure or despair.
Fold your hands not in worry, but with singleness of mind.
Raise your voice to God above and peace you will truly find.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character,
give him power."
Larry Reinhold writes: Brek Brost of Nebraska and I were acquainted originally due to an event that the world termed a tragedy; that being the death of two of my brothers, Lyle and Lee, and Brek’s cousin Wayne. On that Memorial Day nearly thirty years ago, many lives were to be impacted throughout the world during the coming decades. One time I was able to visit Brek at the family farm when both of us were still single. We both were to be blessed with wonderful wives in God’s timing. Brek was very enjoyable to visit with and his entire family are a pleasant lot. I have been receiving a weekly email from Brek that has proved to be quite a blessing and I would like to share a portion of one that I received today:
"Tomorrow is THANKSGIVING and I was thinking it’s easy to be
thankful when everything is going swell but what about when you are
overwhelmed with difficulties,, can you be thankful then? When your
physical disabilities are too much,, when you are having troubles with
your teenager,, when your finances are in the red,, when church divisions
arise,, when communication with your spouse is hard,, when you are
depressed,, fill in your particular difficulty…. Can you be thankful?
There is always Someone, Somewhere who is worse off than we are,, whose
difficulties and circumstances are much worse than ours. So the degree of
our particular type of human suffering isn’t really the issue to whether
we are thankful or not. What is the key to being thankful? It is the
conscious choice of choosing to be thankful because of the Hope that we
have in Jesus Christ. This side of seeing Jesus Christ face to face we
will have miseries,, that is a certainty. For those who have not been born
again their miseries will increase and continue on after they die,,, but
for us who have been born from above, our miseries will come to an END
when we see Him, our loving Savior and Lord Jesus Christ and that is the
key to being Thankful. Sure, we are thankful for the myriad of temporary
blessings that God has given us but the ultimate thing to be thankful for
is the eternal blessing of God Himself, Jesus the blessed Hope! If
everything in your life is going swell count your many blessings, name
them one by one. If the difficulties in your life are overwhelming you and
you don’t seem to be able to count your many blessings, stop and look
beyond your miseries to Jesus the blessed hope and you can be
Heb 12:28— Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.
Titus 2:11-13— For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope-- the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. (NIV)
Hey, thanks Brek, for the good words. Very much appreciated from a man that is currently enduring, for a season on this earth, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes called Lou Gehrig's disease.
Photo by Robin Reinhold
"Our precious little Julia Lee; as a parent I must say that her smile brightens the entire day. My wife Robin and Julia share their middle name. I am delighted that we all share the Reinhold name, which has passed through generations. This little girl along with her sisters and brothers are a legacy for the future.
months ago, Julia Lee was endangered though. Sadly to say she could have
been murdered in cold blood. As I look at her now it sends shivers down my
spine. When I watch her Mother with Julia I see a fulfillment that can
only be presented by a mother child relationship, but again to think of my
precious daughter’s life being snuffed out; I must say I become irate
and realize my position as a father to this child in that I have a
responsibility to defend her.
seven months ago she was in potential danger, but six months ago I
witnessed the birth of this precious little one.
you believe it? Abortion could have taken the life of this child just as
it has millions of others.
you are a wonderful mother and I know abortion never entered your mind.
Thank you. And to our sweet little Julia, may God bless you with a long
"Nobody believes the official spokesman... but everybody trusts an unidentified source."
"Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream." Malcolm Muggeridge
"You must pay for conformity. All goes well as long as you run with conformists. But you, who are honest men in other particulars, know that there is alive somewhere a man whose honesty reaches to this point also, that he shall not kneel to false gods, and, on the day when you meet him, you sink into the class of counterfeits."
you're not from the prairie, you don't know me. You just can't know ME.
My hair mostly wind,
My eyes filled with grit,
My skin's red or brown,
My lips chapped and split. I've lain on the prairie and heard grasses sigh.
I've stared at the vast open bowl of the sky.
I've seen all those castles and faces in clouds,
My home is the prairie, and I cry out loud.
From the excellent book entitled, "If You're not from the Prairie" by David Borchard and Henry Ripplinger. Published by Simon & Schuster
|"The Plains and the Praires have a subtle beauty. Unassuming and yet unending. Boundless and yet...." LBR|
The people of the prairies are like the land they love. They draw
strength from the winds that blow across their plains and they draw warmth
from the sun that melts the snow or beats mercilessly on the parched earth
They are gentle as the snow that falls and as determined as the blizzard that drives all before it. Prairie people are as refreshing as the early rains of summer and as honest and open as the plains that stretch for endless miles. They endure like the timeless mountains that rim the prairies edge. Their lives sing like the meadowlark in spring and bring fragrance and beauty like the wild roses that fill the valleys or the buttercups and crocuses that dot the hillsides.
They are curious and free like the coyote that howls at dusk or the antelope that bounds across the hills.
The peoples of the prairies are like the land they love...
As Eva Anglesburg wrote in "The Prairies Own"
"For where a land lies level, as far as eye can see;
Where nature's moods are so diverse,
Where so tremendous is the spanning sky
That one seems centering the universe.
It is not strange the prairie's sons have grown
To be like her, have virtues like her own."
Printed on a historical marker near Fox Ridge on Hwy 212 east of Faith, South Dakota
do not seek unpopularity as a badge of honor, but sometimes it is the
price of leadership and cost of conviction.”
Prime Minister Tony Blair - About his efforts to pursue Iraq even though a million protested in London Feb 15, 2003
"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for
the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
|"During difficult times our faith may be tested, but our God isn't." LBR|
There was a little boy visiting his
grandparents on their farm. And
he was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods.
He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit the target.
And getting a little discouraged; he headed back to dinner.
We must be resolute in reminding our courts and congressman that life is
an ‘unalienable right’ recognized by the Declaration of Independence
as ‘endowed by the Creator.’ Liberties are a gift from God, that they
are not to be violated but with His wrath. Indeed I tremble for my country
when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
If you go by other people's opinions or predictions, you'll just end up talking yourself out of something. If you're running down the track of life thinking that it's impossible to break life's records, those thoughts have a funny way of sinking into your feet.Carl Lewis Olympic track champion
|This New Year is not really any different than the past, except one we get to read about and one we get the opportunity to live. LBR|
I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER
I would have talked less and listened more. I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded. I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace. I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth. I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed. I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage. I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains. I would have cried and laughed less while watching television--and more while watching life. I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband. I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day. I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime. Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle. When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner." There would have been more "I love you's".. more "I'm sorry's" ... but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at it and really see it ... live it...and never give it back. Stop sweating the small stuff. Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what. Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who Do love us. Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with. And what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally, as well as spiritually. Life is too short to let it pass you by. We only have one shot at this and then it's gone.
"To be prepared for war
is one of the mosteffectual means of preserving peace."
"That government is best which governs least." Thomas Jefferson
is better to debate an important matter without settling it than to
settle it without debating
during this Christmas Season
From the manger, to the cross, to the throne.... all for us. LBR
you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin'
somebody else's dog around."
Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it.... You take diplomacy out of war, and the thing would fall flat in a week. Will Rogers
never, never trust your own judgment...when voices tell you that action is
urgent, that something must be done immediately, refer everything to the
tribunal of heaven. Then if you are still in doubt, dare to stand still.
If you are called upon to act and you have not time to pray, don’t act.
If you are called upon to move in a certain direction and cannot wait till
you have peace with God about it, don’t move. Be strong enough and brave
enough to stand and wait on God, for none of them that wait on Him shall
ever be ashamed.
my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the
whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.
Patrick HenryHow far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in your life, you will have been all of these.
--George Washington Carver
|"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. - Rudyard Kipling|
was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure Somebody would do
it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry
about that because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody
could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended
up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have
Word of God is sharper than any two edged sword, sharper than man's
intellect, sharper than any cunning program derived by our finite minds.
Thus any presentation we give must not only have a biblical base, but a
biblical structure. Every plan must be completely biased to the Word of
God. We shall never cut deep enough to remove the cancerous sin with any
plan, program, or agenda. Only the Word of God can penetrate such a fine
deep line of incision to cut out that which will kill. Our ambitions, no
matter how intelligent or aggressive or well meaning will fall short
unless God's Word is #1!
we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to
secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising
prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.
You must be careful how you walk, and where you go, for there are those following you who will set their feet where yours are set.
Robert E. Lee
"Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all- the apathy of human beings. - Helen Keller
of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, "It might
John Greenleaf Whittier
"Don't mind criticism.
If it is untrue, disregard it; if unfair, keep from irritation; if it is ignorant, smile; if it is justified
it is not criticism,
A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something.
"Never argue with a
fool - people might not know the difference. " Anonymous
is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong
man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose
face is marred by dust and sweat; who strives valiantly; who errs and may
fail again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but
who does actually strive to do the deeds; who does know the great
enthusiasm, the great devotion; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who
at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at
the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his
place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither
victory nor defeat.
- April 23,1910
- April 23,1910
Wind Borne Nostalgia
by Victor Johnson
For rippling miles the prairie hills and valleys gently fold; or is it just my eyes?
The closing daylight mellows in the quiet skies.
Familiar plains reach out, surrounding Bear Butte's cone.
Volcanic origin forgot, it stands there musing, all alone.
The schoolhouse - are we standing where it stood?
Not a thing remains, foundation stone or bit of wood.
The playground, scene of simulated hard-fought battle
Is now a quiet grazing ground, for cattle.
Since we played here, we've said farewell to Sister, Dad and Brother;
And yesterday last rites were said for our beloved Mother.
Memories, like northern lights, flick onto the mind's clear screen.
They come on brightly, then fade out making way for a different scene.
On west of us a quarter mile, where some of us were born,
Is pasture land. Without the house it looks a bit forlorn.
The lower dam is there, but if the path still shows it's dim--
I mean the one we followed, racing down to swim.
A little further on, a shaggy sentinel remains;
One tree! For eighty years it's stood in cold, and drought, and rains.
And over all, the western wind still blows.
The same strong wind that in our childhood drifted high the snows.
Mom's love for the prairie ended here.
She said the winds were too severe;
The lashing hail or swirling dust
Flew ahead of a gale that would blow it or bust .
The rattling door, like a mad drummer's roll,
Hammered Mom's patience, exhausted her soul.
At night she'd awake with the place still as death.
The wind was resting and catching its breath.
It was rough! Yet the wind had a gentler streak;
It added rich tone to Dad's sun-darkened cheek.
And though in the winter its chill cursed the range,
Just a day's warm Chinook brought a marvelous change.
Once, when the rains came all through the spring the grass grew tall and strong,
And the wind made the shimmering grass-waves toss with a loving, whispering song.
We loafed in the warm wind and hunted wild flowers
And the land and the sky and the clouds were all ours.
At night when Mom kissed us and tucked us in bed,
When a quiet "good night" and our prayers had been said
Then the sweet gentle wind, blowing soft and serene
Sang a hushed lullaby through the west window screen.
School days and homework took our time as we drew into the fall;
We'd trudge along toward the one-room school with body and mind in a stall.
But on windy days we'd open our coat and hold it out like a sail.
With a good cool blast pushing strong on our back, we sped up the hill on the gale.
In the winter we raced our battered sleds on the far side of the hill.
There never were such polished drifts as went through the west wind's mill.
It would build and smooth and caress those drifts with a hairdresser's care and skill.
To carve out a white-walled tunnel in one, you needed a miner's drill.
Cold winds, warm winds, winds with a searing blast;
They kept our minds pre-occupied; the years went by too fast.
Those winds, plus time, removed our tracks; once more the grass grows green.
And the rains, pushed hard by the roving winds have washed the prairie clean.
We won't relive - we can't relive - the good old days of youth;
The sighing wind reiterates this old and solemn truth.
For life itself moves through this place like jet streaks in the dawn.
One Book likens life to a vapor puff; it's here, and then it's gone.
The soul returns to the giver, God.
And the body's entombed in the wind-swept sod.
The plain stands serene in its age old pose.
over it softly, the west wind blows
Pizza, a Party, and a Moonlight Ride
was so happy about the house they had found.
once in her life 'twas on the right side of town.
unpacked her things with such great ease.
she watched her new curtains blow in the breeze.
wonderful it was to have her own room.
would be starting, she'd have friends over soon.
be sleep-overs, and parties; she was so happy
just the way she wanted her life to be.
the first day of school, everything went great.
made new friends and even got a date!
thought, "I want to be popular and I'm going to be,
I just got a date with the star of the team!"
be known in this school you had to have a clout,
dating this guy would sure help her out.
was only one problem stopping her fate.
parents had said she was too young to date.
I just won't tell them the entire truth.
won't know the difference; what's there to lose?"
asked to stay with her friends that night.
parents frowned but said, "All right."
she got ready for the big event
as she rushed around like she had no sense,
began to feel guilty about all the lies,
what's a pizza, a party, and a moonlight ride?
the pizza was good, and the party was great,
the moonlight ride would have to wait.
Jeff was half drunk by this time.
he kissed her and said that he was just fine.
the room filled with smoke and Jeff took a puff.
couldn't believe he was smoking that stuff.
Jeff was ready to ride to the point
only after he'd smoked another joint.
jumped in the car for the moonlight ride,
thinking that he was too drunk to drive.
finally made it to the point at last,
Jeff started trying to make a pass.
pass is not what Jenny wanted at all
by a pass, I dont mean playing football).
my parents were right....maybe I am too young.
how could I ever, ever be so dumb."
all of her might, she pushed Jeff away:
take me home, I dont want to stay."
cranked up the engine and floored the gas.
a matter of seconds they were going too fast.
Jeff drove on in a fit of wild anger,
knew that her life was in danger.
begged and pleaded for him to slow down,
he just got faster as they neared the town.
let me get home!
I'll confess that I lied.
really went out for a moonlight ride."
all of a sudden, she saw a big flash.
God, Please help us!
We're going to crash!"
doesn't remember the force of impact.
that everything all of a sudden went black.
felt someone remove her from the twisted rubble,
heard, "Call an ambulance!
These kids are in trouble!"
she heard...a few words at best.
she knew there were two cars involved in the wreck.
wondered to herself if Jeff was all right,
if the people in the other car were alive.
awoke in the hospital to faces so sad.
been in a wreck and it looks pretty bad."
voices echoed inside her head,
they gently told her that Jeff was dead.
said "Jenny, we've done all we can do.
it looks as if we'll lose you too."
the people in the other car!?" Jenny cried.
sorry, Jenny, they also died."
prayed, "God, forgive me for what I've done
only wanted to have just one night of fun."
those people's family, I've made their lives dim,
wish I could return their families to them."
Mom and Dad I'm sorry I lied,
that it's my fault so many have died.
nurse, won't you please tell them that for me?"
nurse just stood there ~ she never agreed.
took Jenny's hand with tears in her eyes
a few moments later Jenny died.
man asked the nurse, "Why didn't you do your best
bid that girl her one last request?"
looked at the man with eyes oh so sad.
the people in the other car were her mom and dad."
story is sad and unpleasant but true,
So young people take heed, it could have been you